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April 4, 1991 | THOMAS H. MAUGH II, TIMES SCIENCE WRITER
Left-handers tend to die, on average, about nine years earlier than right-handers, according to a surprising and controversial new study published today by California and Canadian researchers. In analyzing data on nearly 1,000 deaths in San Bernardino and Riverside counties over a period of several months, two psychologists found that male and female left-handers were much more likely to die as a result of industrial and vehicular accidents, and somewhat more likely to die from other causes.
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October 10, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - Federal authorities have cited the operator of the West, Texas, fertilizer plant that exploded in April for 24 safety violations including the unsafe handling and storage of chemicals, and have  proposed $118,300 in penalties. In the meantime, a broader investigation into the cause of the April 17 blast that killed 15 people and injured more than 160 others has been put on hold as a result of the government shutdown. Sen. Barbara Boxer  (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, announced the Occupational Health and Safety Administration citations on Thursday against Adair Grain Inc., which operated West Fertilizer Co. West, Texas, explosion: Before and after Boxer said the fines should serve as a warning to other plant operators to follow safety rules.
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WORLD
November 15, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
An elevator in a tower block under construction in eastern China plunged more than 20 stories, killing six workers and severely injuring 10, the official New China News Agency reported. The accident, the latest in a string of industrial accidents across the country, happened at nearly completed flats in Wuxi City in coastal Jiangsu province, the agency said. Workers had entered the elevator around noon.
NATIONAL
July 3, 2013 | By Evan Halper
As investigators swarm the former gold-mining town of Yarnell, Ariz., to examine the fateful decisions leading up to the deaths of 19 firefighters from the Granite Mountain hotshots, their presence is unlikely to ease tensions among the survivors. More than a decade ago, a similar blaze whipped through a canyon 30 miles north of Winthrop, Wash. Four firefighters died in circumstances eerily similar to those at Yarnell, killed in their emergency shelters as a fast-moving fire burned over them.
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October 10, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - Federal authorities have cited the operator of the West, Texas, fertilizer plant that exploded in April for 24 safety violations including the unsafe handling and storage of chemicals, and have  proposed $118,300 in penalties. In the meantime, a broader investigation into the cause of the April 17 blast that killed 15 people and injured more than 160 others has been put on hold as a result of the government shutdown. Sen. Barbara Boxer  (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, announced the Occupational Health and Safety Administration citations on Thursday against Adair Grain Inc., which operated West Fertilizer Co. West, Texas, explosion: Before and after Boxer said the fines should serve as a warning to other plant operators to follow safety rules.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 1999 | CATHERINE BLAKE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A 45-year-old Moorpark man and an 18-year-old laborer from Minnesota were killed Wednesday morning in unrelated industrial accidents within two miles of each other. Jaime Roman, a father of two from Moorpark, was crushed under an 11,000-pound bundle of lumber at 10:40 a.m. after trying to assist a crew at Hagle Lumber Co. in Camarillo with rearranging a load on the back of a flatbed trailer. The other man, Nolan Keane, who lived in St. Paul, Minn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 2002 | JEAN GUCCIONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A retired Rocketdyne mechanic testified Friday that he and four others were disposing of waste materials at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory near Chatsworth in 1994 when an explosion killed two veteran scientists. Lee Wells, 70, of Newbury Park said he watched chemical engineer Otto K. Heiney pour a liquid into an aluminum box as he prepared to burn the chemical mixture at a secluded outdoor test site.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1986 | SAU YING CHU, Times Staff Writer
A National Steel & Shipbuilding Co. worker was killed Tuesday morning when a piece of lumber fell 50 feet and struck his head, officials said. Guillermo Prado, 37, had been removing scaffolding inside a storage tank aboard the tanker Exxon Valdez when a 2-by-4 that was 12 to 14 feet long came loose from a bundle being lifted out by a crane, said Fred Hallett, Nassco vice president of finance and corporate relations. The piece of wood was part of the scaffold being disassembled.
NEWS
June 28, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Matthew Morrison -- a.k.a. hunky Mr. Schue on "Glee" -- has presented an engagement ring to his girlfriend of about two years, model  Renee Puente. The engagement was announced Thursday night by none other than Elton John, assisted by partner David Furnish, from the stage at the White Tie and Tiara Ball in London, E! reports. Then Chris Martin of Coldplay joined John to serenade the couple with "This is Your Song. " [E Online] "I'm going to marry my best friend," the truly gleeful Morrison tweeted Friday morning.
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July 29, 1988 | GEORGE RAMOS, Times Staff Writer
A class-action lawsuit was filed Thursday to end California's 200,000-case backlog of workers' compensation claims. So great is the backlog that the state Department of Industrial Relations measures unprocessed claims in terms of linear feet. At last count in March, there were 384 feet of unprocessed claims, 152 of which were recorded in the Los Angeles office. The suit said two other offices with large backlogs are Van Nuys, with 78 feet of unprocessed claims, and Santa Ana, with 66-plus feet.
NEWS
June 28, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Matthew Morrison -- a.k.a. hunky Mr. Schue on "Glee" -- has presented an engagement ring to his girlfriend of about two years, model  Renee Puente. The engagement was announced Thursday night by none other than Elton John, assisted by partner David Furnish, from the stage at the White Tie and Tiara Ball in London, E! reports. Then Chris Martin of Coldplay joined John to serenade the couple with "This is Your Song. " [E Online] "I'm going to marry my best friend," the truly gleeful Morrison tweeted Friday morning.
NATIONAL
April 24, 2013 | By Ralph Vartabedian and Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
WEST, Texas - A week after a fertilizer plant explosion killed 14 residents, injured more than 150 others and leveled scores of homes, one emotion is notably absent here among citizens and officials alike: outrage. "Water under the bridge," said Steve Vanek, West's mayor pro-tem, referring to decisions that allowed homes and schools to be built near the plant. "It was an accident, and accidents do happen," said Jean Smith, 66, whose home lost most of its roof and sustained structural damage.
NATIONAL
April 18, 2013 | By Ralph Vartabedian, Neela Banerjee and Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times
The blast at a West, Texas, fertilizer plant on Wednesday night was so massive that investigators believe it probably involved a significant amount of ammonium nitrate, a chemical that some scientists say should be regulated as an explosive. In a report filed with the Texas Department of State Health Services on Feb. 26, West Fertilizer Co. said that it had up to 270 tons of ammonium nitrate at its facility, along with up to 100,000 pounds of liquid ammonia. The exact amounts on hand at the plant are not yet known, officials said.
WORLD
July 29, 2010 | By Lily Kuo and Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
A powerful explosion caused by a broken gas pipeline killed at least 12 people Wednesday, injured about 300 and flattened hundreds of buildings in eastern China in the latest in a series of troubling industrial accidents. The blast occurred at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at a plastics factory in Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu province. State news media reported that the explosion occurred when workers at the factory dug into a nearby propylene pipeline. The blast was so strong that many residents mistook it for an earthquake.
NATIONAL
February 19, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Thunderous explosions rocked an oil refinery in Big Spring, injuring four workers and shaking buildings miles away. The blast at Alon USA Energy Inc. sent black smoke billowing and forced the closure of schools and an interstate. Fires caused by the blast were under control but still burning in the afternoon. The company was waiting for access to the site to investigate the cause of the explosion. The refinery was shut down. One employee was hospitalized for burns, and the others were treated and released, said company spokesman Blake Lewis.
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February 15, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Firefighters finally doused the last flames of a deadly sugar refinery blast, a week after the Port Wentworth refinery ignited. An eighth victim badly burned in the explosion died in a hospital. At least one worker remained missing. Sugar dust is thought to be the cause of the Feb. 7 blast. Emergency crews were able to snuff out the fire at the plant's main building, but the blaze continued at the refinery's 80-foot silos, where thick masses of molten sugar still smoldered.
NEWS
November 15, 1987
Two explosions ripped through a chemical plant in Pampa, Tex., killing three people, injuring 37 and touching off massive fires, authorities said. One worker was missing. At least 25% of the Hoechst Celanese Chemical Co. plant burned so hotly that firefighters could not get closer than a half-mile from the plant and decided to let it burn itself out, Mayor David McDaniel said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 1987 | GEORGE STEIN and CHRIS WOODYARD, Times Staff Writer
An explosion ripped through a Mobil Oil Co. refinery in Torrance with earthquake-like force Tuesday, spewing balls of flame and metal about 300 feet into the early evening sky and blowing out the windows of several nearby homes. Despite the force of the blast--at 190th Street and Crenshaw Boulevard--which was felt several miles away, there were only two injuries to plant employees reported. One unidentified man suffered a minor eye wound and was treated at the 730-acre refinery.
NATIONAL
February 8, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
An explosion and fire at a sprawling sugar refinery rattled the Savannah suburb of Port Wentworth, severely injuring dozens of people and sending authorities into a nearby river to search for possible victims, officials said. No deaths were immediately reported, and there was no word on what caused the blast at the Imperial Sugar factory, officials said. As many as 100 people may have been injured in the blast.
NATIONAL
December 20, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Explosions and fires at a chemical plant Wednesday killed four people, injured at least 14 and sent debris flying several stories into the air, fire officials and witnesses said. It was not clear what caused the explosions about 1:30 p.m. at the T2 Laboratories Inc. plant, which makes solvents and fuel additives, said Tom Francis, a fire rescue spokesman. Everyone at the plant was accounted for by Wednesday evening. Hospitals reported one patient in critical condition, three fair and five good.
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